A Special Message from Charlaine Harris on the publication of DEADLOCKED

Gollancz is thrilled to be able to share with you a very special publication day message from Charlaine Harris! Happy Deadlocked Day!

DEADLOCKED, the twelfth Sookie Stackhouse novel, was as much an adventure to write as I hope it will be to read.

Sookie’s world is so complex, and the cast of characters has grown so large and complicated, that working out the general course of events was quite a challenge. In the last few Sookie books, I’ve tried a new method. Before I write “Chapter One,” I work out what must happen in the separate threads. The vampires, the Weres, the Fae, and the humans have distinct storylines that must intersect in the life of my telepathic barmaid.

Beginning the separate threads at the right time, so they’ll all culminate in a satisfying conclusion, is like orchestrating a dinner party so that all the dishes arrive at the table at the appropriate moment.

The process is fun and rewarding: it’s never easy. You’d think that in the twelfth book the characters would simply dance across the pages, making love and biting and fighting and scheming, getting married and breaking up, but that didn’t happen. As usual, I had to put in some imagination and some concentration.

I’ve written thirty books, more or less. I don’t follow the same method with every attempt; I’m always trying to improve on the way I do things. I’ve come to accept that progress will not be easy, that the procedure will be difficult every single time, but that still seems horribly unfair. I am prone to sneer in a grumpy way (but inwardly!) when enthusiastic readers tell me they want to write their own books someday. “Just try it,” I think. “You’ll be surprised.”

Despite my moaning about how hard my job it, it’s the greatest job in the world. I try to give readers the best book I can write, every single time. I believe DEADLOCKED is an exciting and essential passage in Sookie’s history. I hope you agree. I’m delighted about this book and the way it came together in the end, what it says about Sookie and her life and future. Read and enjoy.

Charlaine Harris


Gillian Redfearn is the Deputy Publishing Director. She joined the team in 2004 and isn't sure she's left the office since. She loves travel, challenges and good fantasy novels, hates being bored and is largely ambivalent about chocolate. When not working in the Gollancz Dungeons she reads, practises archery, knits, conducts a never-ending war against her garden and doesn't spend enough time in the gym . . . You can follow her on twitter: GillianRedfearn
  • Gayle

    Hi, I’m Gayle and I’m a Bill and Sookie-holic! I just can’t get enough!
    I love Charlaine’s imagination! Please don’t stop the hope of more Sookie!
    I can’t wait until 5/13!

  • Susanne

    Still waiting for my pre-ordered book from Amazon, but I can’t wait. It’s the highlight of the year! I am a huge fan of Eric. Your books are amazing!

  • Dianne

    I am waiting patiently for the time when Eric will butt out and Bill and Snookie will be together.

  • Janice Kinory

    One of the best books in the series, filled with plot twists and turns that make it difficult to put the book down.

  • Tine

    I can’t choose between Eric and Bill. (Sookie can’t either)
    So I’m wondering wat will happen in the last Sookiebook

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  • Mel Jackson

    I recieved my copy of Deadlocked this morning – and as it was my day off, I have. just finished reading it! I am a huge fan of both the books and, as a completely separate entity, the TV series. I think Sookie is an amazing character, who is strong and funny as well as interesting. I`m also a big fan of the Sookie/ Eric storyline & really hope that they work it out in the next book. I can`t wait for the next one, and really wish for many more. I`ve just ordered Grave Secrets as well. Thanks for the great books, keep them coming! 😀 xx